Beyond Getting By

The Financial Diet's Guide to Abundant and Intentional Living

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Pub Date 23 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 22 Apr 2024
Crown Publishing | Crown Currency

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A beautiful, full-color guide to living with money, not for money, packed with fun, tangible advice from the women behind The Financial Diet.
 
Beyond Getting By will make you feel better, not worse, about your money and your life.”—Tiffany “the Budgetnista” Aliche, New York Times bestselling author of Get Good with Money

The girlboss came in many forms, and she struggled valiantly against our increasing exhaustion at her brand of pinkwashed-capitalism-as-liberation—but it’s time to put her to rest. Yes, money is essential to life, and managing it well can be the difference between freedom and constraint. But once you have enough, the focus should be on converting it into things that are meaningful to you: more time with the people you love, more creativity, more days to just vibe on the couch.

In Beyond Getting By, the women behind The Financial Diet teach you how to create (and pay for) a life you truly enjoy—and that you can be proud of. They show you how to push beyond what society tells you will make you happy to determine what you actually want, with specific advice and interactive exercises on
 
• how to define your own budget philosophy by no longer chasing fast fashion and instant gratification, instead allowing the unlikely duo of Sigmund Freud and Elizabeth Warren to guide your budgeting
• how the idea that we have equal opportunity is bullshit—and how to start a self-advocacy journal in order to kill it in that next raise negotiation
• how to stave off burnout by valuing your personal life with as much care as your career, in addition to figuring out the true worth of your time
 
Beyond Getting By is for the woman interested in a life where money is simply a tool and never a reflection of her worth. It’s for the woman who understands the limits of gamifying personal finance, and that following trends isn’t the same as creating a sustainable, wealth-generating plan for the future.


Beyond Getting By will make you feel better, not worse, about your money and your life. It will help you make decisions that are in line with your values and also move you forward. I highly recommend it.”—Tiffany “the Budgetnista” Aliche, New York Times bestselling author of Get Good with Money

“Finally, a financial book not about ‘nose to the grindstone’ and doing it all at all hours of the day. Because the fact of the matter is that having it all does not mean doing it all. Holly Trantham offers easy-to-follow steps to be intentional about the work that you do and to build an intentional life that we all want and deserve.”—Eve Rodsky, New York Times bestselling author of Find Your Unicorn Space

Beyond Getting By is a revolutionary finance book: It understands that money is never just about money. It will give you permission, and it will empower you. It will make you laugh and feel seen. And it will help you advocate for a raise as well as truly reconnect with what matters.”—Jessica Valenti, New York Times bestselling author of Sex Object

“Beyond Getting By is a ‘finance’ book for anyone who hates finance books. It is so much more, and it’s obvious that the team behind The Financial Diet understands all the ways in which money intersects with our values, beliefs, priorities, and, in a word, life.”—Farnoosh Torabi, host of the So Money podcast and author of A Healthy State of Panic

Beyond Getting By offers a supportive, loving, but deeply pragmatic older-sister style of advice that will leave readers feeling inspired, challenged, and motivated to improve their lives.”—Erin Lowry, author of the Broke Millennial series

A beautiful, full-color guide to living with money, not for money, packed with fun, tangible advice from the women behind The Financial Diet.
 
Beyond Getting By will make you feel better, not worse...


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This was a wonderful book , i found this to be extremely helpful . Thank you for the Arc . I loved every page!

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TFD has always been there when I need them. This book is perfectly timed, and a wealth of knowledge for anyone looking to maximize their quality of life. I found myself highlighting passage after passage. And I really appreciated the thoughtful reflection sections.

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In "Beyond Getting By," the team behind The Financial Diet dismantles the conventional narrative surrounding personal finance, challenging the prevailing girlboss ethos and urging readers to move beyond the confines of pinkwashed capitalism. This book is a refreshing departure from the traditional money management guides, offering a holistic approach that extends beyond mere financial success.

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I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was full of helpful advice and the writing style made the book much more interesting than most financial books!

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Beyond Getting By is part financial advice, part workbook. Being on the older end of their audience (now early 40s), I found the original Financial Diet book a little simple for me, so I was glad to see they have a follow up book. I have enjoyed the YouTube channel for years. This is a physically beautiful guide to navigating your financial and life priorities. This would make a great treat for yourself or a loved one who is looking to improve their life.

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC. All thoughts are my own.

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Loved this book. Perfect follow-up to their first book. Helps you move beyond the basics of finacial literacy and addresses career issues and living a life that makes you happier. I particularly found chapters 4. 7, 8, and 11 very informative. Chapter 8, "Imposter Syndrome, Unearned Confidence, and Learning to Always Negotiate Up," addressed issues that I myself am going through right now and I found this chapter especially helpful. I highly recommend this for anyone who has read the first TFD book.

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In this latest book from The Financial Diet, Holly Trantham gives us some real life strategies to manage money, get paid more at work, stop listening to the lies we tell ourselves, and learn how to truly value our time. Through sage advice and step-by-step exercises, Trantham helps readers gain the knowledge and insight necessary to fully advocate for oneself in the workplace and in life. Well researched and written, this text is a must have for anyone looking to better themselves financially and gain more security in their financial life.

Throughout the text, Trantham focuses on abundance and intention, which she stresses "are the most valuable [themes] when it comes to living a more fulfilling, happier life". Trantham shares practical advice for how to focus on these themes and build a bright future. Unlike other financial books that you may have read, this book focuses deeply on systemic issues that face each individual, as well as larger societal issues that are inescapable in modern-day American life. These issues inform the readers own journey to financial success and help navigate the difficult terrain leading to financial stability.

Lauren Ver Hage provides lovely illustrations throughout the text, giving the book a sense of whimsy and light-heartedness, even in the midst of some difficult topics. Finances are often uncomfortable to read (and talk) about, but the combination of practical advice and watercolor visuals helps to soften the content and help the reader maintain focus.

If you are looking for a book that will help you gain practical knowledge of how to move forward with your financial life, dispel shame-based budgeting myths, live abundantly rather than excessively, ditch FOMO, leave behind the girlboss attitude, and set some useful boundaries, look no further than Beyond Getting By, coming to you from Crown Currency, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, on 23 April 2024.

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Thank you so much to Holly Trantham and Crown Publishing for providing me with an advance reading copy of "Beyond Getting By' via NetGalley. All of my opinions are mine, and mine alone.

I have been a long-time viewer of The Financial Diet on YouTube, and have previously read the company's first book written by Chelsea Fagan, also titled "The Financial Diet". I have loved the majority of their content on YouTube, and did give the first book a four-star rating. If you are looking to dip your toes into financial literacy, the first book is going to be what you want to read first. "Beyond Getting By" is sort of the level 2 of a financial book. It assumes you have a budget, an emergency fund, and other financial foundations.

"Beyond Getting By" provides scintillating commentary on a topics such as the division of domestic labour in a cis-heteronormative household, the four day work week, cryptocurrency, and the rise and fall of the girlboss. The book provides interviews with a wide variety of people with some expertise or experience on some of these topics. I appreciated the chapters on value-based spending, how to negotiate (or advocate if you are in a leadership role). I think these topics should be more widely discussed. My only criticism is sometimes the chapters left me feeling like I wanted more information or discussion on the topic. I do understand that this book is meant to be a starting place, and that more branching out to online articles or other books may be what gets me to read more non-fiction this year.

Although this book was written for a primarily American audience (and I am Canadian), I found this book to be widely applicable. It didn't feel too America-only, which I find in most financial books written in the US can be. If you don't live in the US this book can be still enjoyable.

I can hardly wait until publication date, as I have already pre-ordered the book. The best part of any TFD book is the time and attention to the book's presentation. Lauren Ver Hage delivered a stunning book for "The Financial Diet", and if the Kindle version of this ARC is any indication, "Beyond Getting By" will be equally stunning. I wish Lauren would design every book I read!

Overall, I did enjoy this book, and would recommend this to others looking to explore relevant financial topics.

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"Beyond Getting By" is a guide for (primarily) millennial women trying to navigate the trappings of career-building and financial wisdom of the moment, looking to live more fulfilled private and professional lives. Its thirteen chapters span a broad range of topics: dismantling the teachings of a particular personal finance guru that have shaped how America thinks about money, giving advice on how to negotiate for yourself in a professional setting and providing some pointers on how to center your finances around what you truly want out of life. It includes commentary on many current issues and debates such as student debt relief, gambling on crypto and calling it "investing", the death of the "girlboss" and the benefits of the 40-hour work week after the TFD team actually switched to it.

While the book is engaging and exceptionally beautifully designed, there are two reasons I gave it four stars. Firstly, the book is very US-centric and focuses on the intersection of social, political and financial issues of the day which means some chapters (like the one on student loan relief) are not particularly relevant to readers from other parts of the world such as myself. Some of the talking points are uniquely American and at times difficult to identify with as a European (and probably even more so for non-Westerners) – but that is a caveat for most popular personal finance book. Secondly, the book touched upon so many different things all at once and sometimes it felt like it's barely scratching the surface. However, it also provides some interesting thoughts and approaches that I have not read elsewhere. For example, in the chapter about "having it all" there was a brilliant idea about deciding on your absolute main priorities for each of the sole you assume in your life and measuring your success against this very particular criteria instead of stretching yourself thin trying to be everything and do everything for anyone.

Overall, the book is worth a read as a walk-through of the broad money-related issues that professional women in America face. It includes writing prompts that might get your gears turning, some interesting tidbits to borrow for your own life and wonderful illustrations. Going by the title, I was expecting more practical advice in the vein of "Your Money or Your Life" but this is a different type of a book – something that potential readers should keep in mind.

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I'm not the best when it comes to money management. On pay day I'd order takeout and my grocery shopping from Whole Foods. Search online for any designer clothing deals. Treat myself to a chai latte on a bad day, which there seemed to be more bad than good.

After reading this book, my eyes were opened to where I need to focus my, how to be smart about my money.

It was a fun read but also a reference I'll be keeping on my shelf!

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Once you start reading, you realize that you are like talking to an old friend.
You just sat down and now you are getting down to the nitty gritty of your life.

The author has a no nonsense style of writing, that is also very compassionate.

I loved the chapter on fast fashion, budgeting, and realizing that you don't have to be a girl boss. You can just BE!

So much of the topics covered went deeper then money and I really appreciated that.

Its not just a money book and its not just a relationship book.

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First of all, this book is absolutely gorgeous. From the cover to all the illustrations, absolute love. I can't wait to get my hands on the physical copy!

I've been a big fan of TFD for many years, and this book is no exception.

As it's core, Beyond Getting By is a book about finding balance in multiple aspects of life. Sometimes, it's so hard to make sense of all the information we absorb on a daily basis and I think Beyond Getting By does an awesome job of making sense of it all. It does so in a non-shaming way too.

I especially needed to hear the chapters about burnout and work. I've felt very burnt out recently and this book really got me thinking about what I want my life at work and outside of work to look like.

Highly recommended for anyone that wants to create a life they truly enjoy living. This one was truly a special book for me.

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